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Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please see the attached press release announcing Dr. John Morgan as our new Chief Technology Officer.

 

Dr. John Morgan

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/14/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group and Middle School News Group

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Two Capistrano Unified School District employees have been recognized by the Orange County Department of Education. Both are award recipients for
the 2019 Orange County K-12 School Counselor Awards.

 

Read the full story in the attached Press Release.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/13/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Three Local Teachers Recognized During Surprise Classroom Celebrations

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Three Capistrano Unified School District teachers have been named “2019 Teachers of the Year” for their outstanding commitment to engage all students in learning. District officials, school colleagues, friends and family gathered to announce the winners during surprise classroom celebrations on February 4, 2019.

 

Please read the full story in the attached Press Release.

 

2019 Teachers of the Year

 

2019 Teachers of the Year

 

2019 Teachers of the Year

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/8/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

The Classified Employee of the Year Celebration will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Capistrano Valley High School Theater.

 

Please nominate your choice for Classified Employee of the Year by completing the nomination packet which consists of:

  • 2019 Classified Employee of the Year Details  (PDF) - See Attached
  • Required: 2019 Classified Nominee Information Fillable Form (PDF) - See Attached 
  • Required: 2019 Classified Nomination Qualities and Performance Worksheet (Word doc) - See Attached

 

Nominations must be received by the CUSD Human Resource Services Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019.

 

They can be sent to the mailing address listed below or by email to: naengelson@capousd.org with the subject: 2019 Classified Employee of the Year Nomination.

 

 

Natalie Engelson
Human Resource Services
Capistrano Unified School District
33122 Valle Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949-234-9369
naengelson@capousd.org

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/1/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached scheduled for the school-specific dates and times.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/28/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times specific to each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/28/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document for dates and times specific for each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/18/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for the dates and times for each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/11/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

You’re invited to join us at our 2nd Annual CUSD Innovation Showcase, Wednesday, January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Capistrano Valley High School’s “Cougar Mall” in Mission Viejo. See the attached flyer.

 

Come and learn about CUSD’s extraordinary educational programs, pathways, and choices for CUSD families. All families are welcome. Please spread the word to families with children ages one and up!

 

The event will include breakout sessions, school, and program highlights.

 

Attend Breakout Sessions (30 minutes each) - Spanish translation available:

 

Looking for resources for a student? Family Resource Center can help –– 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Join this session to learn about the free Family Resource Center that can provide families and the community information about interventions, reference materials, online and in-person resources, and information to support the individual needs of every student!

 

Career Technical Education––Your Pathway to College and Career Success –– 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Attend this informative session about the exciting career courses available throughout the district on middle and high school campuses. We offer pathways in 14 career areas with hundreds of hands-on classes and labs. Areas such as Engineering, Robotics, Aviation, Surgical Technology, Dental Assisting, Medical Careers, Sports Medicine, Video Production, Theatre Performer, and many, many others. Join us for a virtual tour!

 

Need help navigating your college and career options? Futureology can help –– 6:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Join this session to learn about a free CUSD service that helps families make informed choices by providing personalized guidance during the college and career planning process. Understand the types of counseling, workshops, and resources available to ALL CUSD students.

 

CUSD Schools and Programs to be Highlighted:

 

  • School of Choice Information 
  • Seven #CapoForward Schools and their programs (Del Obispo, Hidden Hills, Kinoshita, Lobo, Marblehead, RH Dana, and Wood Canyon) 
  • Preschool Programs/Early Childhood Development 
  • Tijeras Creek Elementary (STEM) 
  • Harold Ambuehl Elementary 
  • Wagon Wheel Elementary 
  • Carl Hankey K-8 IB Academy 
  • Capo Valley HS (Film, Robotics & Engineering) 
  • Dana Hills HS 
    • South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) 
    • Health and Medical Occupations Academy (HMO) Program with Kaiser Permanente 
    • Monarch Beach Resort Culinary Arts Program
  • Full-day kindergarten programs: Meet with representatives from full-day kindergarten schools
  • Secondary Programs
  • Family Resource Center
  • Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
  • CIF/Sports Information and Eligibility
  • Language Immersion Program Information
  • Futureology College and Career Counseling 
  • College and Career Advantage and Career Technical Education 
    • Middle School Career Technical Education Investigation Labs

 

We hope to see you on Wednesday, January 23. Please visit capousd.org for more information on our showcase schools and programs.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/11/19




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION MEETINGS

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – During the months of January and February, CUSD high schools host 8th Grade Expositions advertising and informing students and parents about the various programs offered at the site. These expositions are intentionally held prior to the opening of the School of Choice window to provide parents with the information necessary to make decisions regarding placement for the upcoming school year. 

 

Please refer to the attached News Release for the dates that have been identified for these Expos.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/10/19




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

This holiday season, we are excited to partner with Family Assistance Ministries and South County Outreach to provide a Districtwide food drive for elementary and secondary grade-level children. The food drive will begin after Thanksgiving break with donation bins available at each of our school sites, as well as the District Office. 

 

Please see the flyers attached detailing items of need for donation!

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Attached is a letter from Deputy Superintendent, Clark Hampton addressed to the Foundation.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/22/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Family,

This Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a public workshop at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a “Potential Regional Bond Measure” update and receive feedback and discussion from our Board and the community.

 

The agenda item, including a presentation, can be found here.

While this potential bond measure would not be on an election ballot until March 2020, the discussion and engagement regarding classroom and school facilities investments is important, and our goal is to ensure that all our families and communities are working together.

 

Please join us this Wednesday night for our workshop at our Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, 92675. If you are unable to attend, we have Board meetings scheduled monthly, and welcome you to join. The Board meeting schedule can be found on our website here.

 

For more information on the current condition of our schools and classrooms, please visit our Facilities Conditions Assessments page here.

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in the work we do each day for the young people of CUSD.

 

Thank you,

 

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer

 

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CapoUnified/

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/22/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Community,
Last week, over 48,000 young people entered their classrooms to begin the 2018-2019 school year. This is always one of the most exciting times of the year as we welcome back our teachers, staff and school families.

 

Read more in the attached welcome letter from Superintendent Vital.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/5/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached District Brief.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached Press Release for details.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/29/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for specific dates and times for schools.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/28/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Middle School class schedules can be viewed by logging into your parent portal account.

 

Middle School Class Schedule Viewing

Beginning today 8/20 at 3:30 pm

 

Click on Student Info > Classes

 

Make sure View only current Term and Sort by term buttons ARE NOT checked.

 

Middle School Class Schedules
 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/20/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

$35 million* state of the art campus features Innovation Center, multimedia classrooms and 21st century science labs

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Capistrano Unified School District will open the doors of Esencia School in the community of Rancho Mission Viejo for the first time for the community to see our newest state-of-the-art learning campus. Everyone is invited to this historic celebration.

 

WHAT:
Red Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Refreshments provided by Gelson’s

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:
Esencia School
5 Aprender Street
Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Take the 5 Freeway to Ortega Highway Exit. If you are coming from the south, make a right and if you are coming from the north make a left
  • Take Ortega Highway about 3 miles to Antonio Parkway. Make a left on Antonio Parkway.
  • Turn right at Cow Camp Road
  • Turn left on Esencia Drive
  • Turn right at Andaza at the first roundabout
  • Make a right on Tierno
  • Make a left on Aprender. The driveway to the school entrance is on the left-hand side

 

WHO:

Esencia Principal Josh Wellikson, CUSD Board President Martha McNicholas and Board Members, CUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital, and Rancho Mission Viejo Chairman and CEO Tony Moiso. Representatives from Senator Pat Bates’ Office, Assemblyman Bill Brough’s Office, and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s Office will also be commemorating this special occasion.

 

The school will officially open to students in grades Preschool-5 on August 21, 2018.

 

*Paid for with developer fees, Orange County CFD funds, and state matching funds

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Capistrano Unified School District Appoints New Principals

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of nine principals, continuing summer recruitment for open positions.

 

Capistrano Unified School District recently appointed Andrea Meissner as principal of R.H. Dana Exceptional Needs Facility (ENF) Elementary School, Beth Ewing as principal of Laguna Niguel Elementary School, and Ken Ezratty as principal of Tesoro High School. Meissner, Ewing and Ezratty have extensive administrative experience and exemplify strong and effective leadership skills in problem-solving and supporting student needs.

 

Capistrano Unified is also announcing several school administrators within the district have moved to new school sites for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Pam Sawyer to principal of Marco Forster Middle School;
  • Carrie Bertini to principal of San Juan Elementary School;
  • Sandi Miller to principal of Hidden Hills Elementary;
  • Kristen Nelson to principal of R.H. Dana Elementary;
  • Michelle Moore to principal of Ladera Ranch Elementary; and
  • Maria Christina Barrosa from assistant principal to principal of Las Palmas Elementary

“We take pride in investing in our employees and developing exceptional leaders, which is why we encourage qualified staff to seek available leadership positions,” said Martha McNicholas, Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees President. “We are looking forward to a great 2018-19 school year for our students, families, and staff.”

 

Capistrano Unified identified exceptional candidates for teacher vacancies for the 2018-19 school year. During the 2017-18 school year, the district held recruitments for ten elementary teacher positions, eighteen secondary teacher positions, and seven itinerant staff positions. Over 2,000 applications were received, and 130 new teachers hired by June 30, 2018.

 

All principal appointments are approved by the Capistrano Unified School District’s Board of Trustees.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

It's that time of year when families are shopping for back to school clothing and accessories.

 

The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.

 

Please review the attached Dress and Grooming Administration Regulation policy (AR  5.14).

 

Dress Code Guidelines
 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/17/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

How does Opting-Out of phone messaging work?

 

At any time, while listening to a CUSD phone message broadcast through the School Messenger Communication application, recipients may press “5” on their phone to initiate the opt-out process.

 

After pressing 5, recipients will be given 3 choices:

  • To unsubscribe from messages like these, please press 1
  • To unsubscribe from all Non-Emergency messages, please press 2
  • If you do not have Students attending  CUSD or you are a Non CUSD community member, please 3
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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document for dates and times specific to each school site.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/26/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

High school and middle school students interested in engineering will have a chance to meet with young engineering professionals in the first of CUSD's Career Connection Series, "So You Think You Want to Be an Engineer", in an online webinar format. Students and families are able to ask specific questions and gain information, insight, and perspective of their career interest, and then question panelists about college experiences and job choices.

 

CUSD's College and Career Counseling Center, Futurology, is developing the Career Connection Series to help students and families with making college and career choices in the convenience of their own home on their own computers.

 

WHAT: So You Think You Want to be an Engineer

 

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

WHERE: Online Webinar

 

REGISTER: for a link at http://www.cusd-futureology.org/appointments-events

 

Panelists Include:


Elizabeth Schaack, former Dana Hills High School alumni. Elizabeth studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder for her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. She is currently a Staff Environmental Engineer at an environmental consulting firm specializing in managing risk for contaminated properties. Denver, CO


Nick Pfiel, former Dana Hills High School alumni. Nick studied at UCI received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is now a Quality Engineer at a So Cal corporation, which focuses in developing unique optical solutions for the treatment of presbyopia. Lake Forest, CA


Sam Falkenhagen is a Stanford graduate and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Sam has worked in multiple positions for Amazon, but currently in the position as a Brand Specialist. Sam contributes improvements to the user experience for customers and provides support to drive category growth through detailed analysis of business inefficiencies and identifying solutions.


Shigeo Nakajima is a Marine, who received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering and studied at SDSU for his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Previously, Shigeo has worked with the US Air Force as a Flight Test Engineer and now as a Test Engineer at a global manufacturing company that focuses on providing fluid management and electronic control systems for aerospace markets. Irvine, CA


FOR A PRECURSOR OF WHAT ENGINEERING IS AND OTHER RELATED FIELDS ATTEND A PRESENTATION ON STEM-OPPORTUNITIES ON 2/28/18 AT 5:30 PM AT CVHS

 

 

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Published: 2/28/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

A community forum with Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital is set for Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Aliso Niguel High School.

 

Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, will give an overview of the school-specific classroom and campus site assessments we completed last Fall, which can be found here: http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/MasterPlan

 

Clark Hampton, Deputy Superintendent, will provide a presentation and update on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) buildings that were approved by our Board of Trustees for Aliso Niguel High School and Newhart Middle School and Philippa Townsend, Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Services will present an overview of Educational Funding in the State of California and the challenges we face with the Local Control Funding Formula that was implemented in Sacramento.

 

Finally, Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent of Education Services will present a Spotlight on Teaching & Learning in CUSD.

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum

 

When: Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Where: Aliso Niguel High School, 28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

 

Who: Parents, students, staff, community members

 

Why: It is our priority to communicate with and engage parents, students, staff and community members in the work of the Capistrano Unified School District.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/21/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

February 23, 2018

 

Dear CUSD Community:

 

We received many emails and inquiries after my letter on School Safety was sent to families last week. The shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shook our community and left more questions than answers. As a mom and as your Superintendent, I want all of our young people to be safe in our classrooms and on our campuses. Over the last week, families have inquired about social-emotional supports for students, safety training for students, and information on campus safety and security.

 

 

Social and Emotional Supports

In 2015, our Board of Trustees committed $3 million a year to hire 30 new counselors, giving our District the distinction of being one of the first school Districts in the county to have a counselor on staff at every school from elementary to high school. This is a tremendous investment in early intervention for our young people that was put in place to support them today and throughout their educational careers here in CUSD and beyond. Our counselors work with our students in groups and on an individual basis and intervene when students are struggling with grades or attendance or showing other indicators that may indicate the need for stronger interventions.

 

Topics in our School Counseling Core Curriculum Action Plan for our students include, but are not limited to, respecting differences, emotion management, managing test anxiety, coping with peer pressure, bullying, managing strong feelings, problem-solving skills, learning styles and time management, and beginning in grade 7, suicide prevention. All of these topics are not covered in each grade but are age appropriate and build upon social-emotional lessons learned in previous grades.

 

Beyond the supports provided by our counselors, when there is a threat or even a perceived threat made by a student, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART) performs an investigation that often times includes the student (or students), friends and family, social media postings, cell phones and whatever they believe will assist them in their work. SMART is used in school situations or incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies.

 

Student and Staff Safety Drills

Currently, we require the following for staff and students: Evacuation/fire drills are conducted once per month for elementary schools, four times a year for middle schools and twice per year for high schools. Drop, Cover and Hold drills are conducted once per quarter at elementary schools and once per semester at middle and high schools. National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) drills are conducted once per year at all CUSD schools.

 

Finally, lockdown drills are conducted twice per year at all CUSD schools. Our lockdown drills include the “Deny Access, Evade and Engage” (DEE) protocol that we created in collaboration with Sheriff’s Department. This training includes a component titled “Evade” so that, when appropriate, teachers and students can move to a safe place out of danger (i.e. exit the building or area) and it includes a component titled “Engage” because, if necessary, we want students and staff to use any resource/object necessary to stop an individual from doing harm. School Faculty and Staff are also required to review the Deny Access, Evade and Engage training video every year.

 

This year, we also equipped our schools with Emergency Trauma Kits that contain essential medical supplies to enable school staff to treat victims suffering from acute trauma. This is in addition to the lockdown kits we have in each classroom and the door blocks we have on outside facing classroom doors.

 

Our work with law enforcement enhances the drills we conduct on our campuses and strengthens our work during an emergency. Each Sheriff’s patrol vehicle has instant access to aerial photos and floorplans for every school in our District so responding deputies can arrive on the scene with situational awareness of the school they are approaching. Our tabletop exercises and emergency drills take place throughout the year and are intended to strengthen communication and collaboration with the Sheriff’s Department and enhance our emergency operations plans and protocols. In January, District leadership and staff performed a tabletop exercise with Orange County Sheriff’s SWAT, Bomb Squad and San Clemente Chief of Police in a scenario that involved a person on campus with a weapon. We will be conducting a similar exercise at Dana Hills High School in March, which was planned prior to the school shooting in Florida.

 

Campus Safety and Security

 

The school district is supported by local cities that provide School Resource Officers, which are assigned to our individual high schools as well as K-8 families of schools. These officers provide daily security as well as rapid response to emergencies, along with all first responders, when necessary. Our School Resource Officers also provide us with student intervention and resources when required. Finally, as mentioned in my letter last week, we utilize the Sheriff’s Department in planning and security assessments of our schools with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center.

 

We also require that our Principals update their school safety plan every year and assemble emergency command teams on every campus.  Site leaders and staff should enforce visitor check-in procedures, including the issuance of visitor and volunteer badges, and monitor their facilities to ensure gates, locks, and systems work appropriately.

 

The devastating events in Parkland, Florida remind us that we as a District, in collaboration with our cities, our families, and our community, need to take time to review our emergency plans and protocols and identify opportunities to strengthen our work to prevent these instances from occurring, as well as identify opportunities for us to react swiftly and appropriately when emergencies take place. I appreciate your partnership in this work and ask that you continue to share your input and speak up if you see anything suspicious on our campuses.

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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February 15, 2018

 

Dear CUSD Families:

 

Today, our hearts are heavy for the families, friends and entire Parkland, Florida community as we mourn the devastating loss of life that occurred yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This morning, many families are asking us what plans and procedures we have in place to safeguard our students, families, and staff in emergencies.

 

CUSD has a safety plan that is specific to each site and is reviewed every year and we have worked to build and strengthen this plan since 2012. We have an incredible relationship with law enforcement that includes daily interaction and communication as well as collaborative participation in safety exercises and planning.

 

The District also works with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in planning and security assessments of our schools and with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC). OCIAC is an integrated, multi-disciplined, information and intelligence sharing network that collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on all criminal risks and safety threats to law enforcement, fire, health, the private sector and public sector stakeholders in order to protect the residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure. In addition, Sheriff’s Deputies are assigned to our campuses and we utilize the Sheriff’s Department’s School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART). SMART is used in school situations or incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies.

 

In the area of training, we conduct ongoing drills and simulated emergency exercises for our staff and this training is reviewed and modified as needed. We also train our staff to speak up and report suspicious activity they see at our school sites or offices.

 

Finally, we have the benefit of many parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff on our campuses and we ask that you report any unusual and suspicious activity. Please talk to your child/children to remind them that they, too, can report anything suspicious. We want everyone on our campuses to be empowered to speak up about anything that looks out of place. Please reach out to your school principals or site administration for guidance and questions. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Hello Capistrano Unified School District,

 

The Classified Employee of the Year Celebration will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Capistrano Valley High School Theater.

 

Please nominate your choice for Classified Employee of the Year by filling out the attached nomination packet.

 

Nominations must be received by the CUSD Communications Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

 

They can be sent to the mailing address listed below or by email to: naengelson@capousd.org with the subject: 2018 Classified Employee of the Year Nomination.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/12/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Families,

Please see the attached links below to learn more about the CA Healthy Youth Act. 

 

The Sexual Health Curriculum: Teen Talk materials are proposed for adoption are teacher instructional materials. 

 

A new law went into effect on January 1, 2016, which required a shift in the requirements for Health education in California which previously required only HIV education to a comprehensive sexuality education which is currently the most comprehensive in the U.S. The below links outline the required components of the curriculum. 

 

Families will have the option to OPT out of the curriculum. Parent information meetings will be held prior to Spring Break at the District Office and at school sites to allow parents to review the curriculum. Information about parents’ ability to opt their students out of the instruction will be provided via hard copy flyer distribution, school messenger email, and at the parent information meetings. Instruction for seventh and eighth-grade students would occur during May in their science classes.  Students who are opted out (of all or part of the program) by their parents/guardians will be given alternative schoolwork and will not be discriminated against in any manner.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) –  Every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) by February 1 of each year.  The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school.  Our school’s SARC is available for review by clicking on the following link:  

https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/home

A printed version is available upon request. 

 

Informes de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARCs) - Cada escuela en California tiene la responsabilidad por ley estatal de publicar un Informe de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARC) para el 1 de febrero de cada año. El SARC contiene información sobre la condición y el rendimiento de cada escuela pública de California. El Informe (SARC) de nuestra escuela está disponible para su revisión por medio del siguiente enlace:
https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/home
Si desea una copia impresa, puede solicitarla a la escuela.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Three local teachers recognized at surprise classroom celebrations!

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Teachers of the Year:

 

Elementary Teacher Carol Cutkomp,

Middle School Teacher Susan Peterson and

High School Teacher David Pino!

 

Carol Cutkomp

Susan Peterson

David Pino

 

Please refer to the attached press release for more information.

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

School Financing
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/31/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Cal Prep Information Meetings
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/25/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

The Flu - A Guide for Parents
The Flu Guides for Parents in English and Spanish are from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please click on the attached documents to read this important information.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/22/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times for each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document available in both English and Spanish.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/14/17


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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(949) 234-9200

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